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Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Russia-funded Fisheries and Marine Training Institute opens in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, 4 March 2014 - A Fisheries and Marine Training Institute, established by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with funding from the Russian Federation, was officially opened today by the President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma.

The ceremony was attended by Vasily Sokolov, the Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Fisheries of the Russian Federation, and  Alexandere Bregadze, Russian Ambassador to Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The Institute will offer Sierra Leoneans new skills, helping them become Deck officers, Marine engineers, and specialize in radio communication, refrigeration, and fishing gear technology. The new facility will also provide tailor-made training courses to employees of the fishing industry.

President Koroma thanked the Russian Federation and UNIDO for their valuable contributions to developing the country’s fisheries sector. He said that the quality training programme offered by the Fisheries and Marine Training Institute will support the Government’s programme aimed at enhancing and growing the fisheries sector.

Russia’s Astrakhan University has provided training for the instructors of the Fisheries Institute and contributed to developing a curriculum which will allow the utilization of the experience and technologies of the Russian Federation for the prosperity of the people of Sierra Leone.
Ambassador Bregadze said he was convinced the new Institute will further strengthen the already close ties between Russia and Sierra Leone, and contribute to achieving the country’s fisheries potential, as well help in creating new jobs, increasing the fish catch and fighting illegal fishing.

Philippe Scholtes, Officer-in-Charge of UNIDO’s Programme and Technical Cooperation Division, said the Organization appreciated the partnership with the Russian Federation and Sierra Leone, and that Russia’s financial and technical support will contribute to developing the country’s fisheries industry in an inclusive and sustainable fashion.

For more information, please contact:

Dejene Tezera
UNIDO Industrial Development Officer
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